2 in 3 older folks in the hospital get risky prescriptions

"Potentially inappropriate medications" can send older adults who've just left the hospital back to the ER. Changes to prescribing may fix the issue.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hospitals older-adults featured health-and-medicine medications side-effects

ICU beds are scarce in low-income areas

New research on ICU beds in hospitals reveals how starkly a person's ZIP code affects access to COVID-19 care.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 hospitals money united-states rural-communities featured health-and-medicine neighborhoods emergency-medicine

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.

Jennifer A. Mallow, Associate Professor of Nursing, West Virginia University • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health medicine covid-19 coronavirus health-care telehealth chronic-disease hospitals healthcare doctors videochat diagnosis nurse remote-medicine

Coronavirus numbers confusing you? Here's how to make sense of them

There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.

Catherine Lynne Troisi, Associate professor, Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  hospitals  viruses  covid-19-testing

Ozone gas could disinfect PPE for reuse

"Ozone would be a viable method for hospitals and other organizations to disinfect garments, goggles, and gloves."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 hospitals viruses ozone health-and-medicine

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

COVID-19 makes clear that bioethics must confront health disparities

A bioethicist argues that the problem of health disparities existed long before COVID-19 struck with a vengeance in marginalized communities.

Joseph J. Fins, The E. William Davis Jr, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  health-disparities  hospitals  new-york-city  icu  bioethics  brooklyn

Stroke death rates are far higher in rural areas

There are big gaps between urban and rural care for strokes in the US, new research shows. In remote areas, death rates are 21% higher than in cities.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities hospitals rural-communities featured health-and-medicine strokes emergency-medicine

How doctors' fears of getting COVID-19 can mean losing the healing power of touch: One physician's story

A give-and-take between patient and provider is essential to patient care. As the COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a new era of medicine, one doctor wonders if this connection will be lost.

Liza Buchbinder, Internal Medicine Physician and Anthropologist, UCLA Health, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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COVID-19 hospital bills could be hefty

While many insurers have waived fees for COVID-19 care, many Americans have plans that don't have to. That could mean huge hospital bills.

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~7 min

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